Frederic Remington is famous for his western art. Of all his statues, this one connects with me.
"Northers" are particularly nasty snow storms blowing out of Canada. The cowboy and horse are both near frozen, and have turned their backs to the wind. There's nothing to be done for it. The bunkhouse may be days or weeks away, but the cattle still need tending.
That ol' cowhand will still be there when this norther has blown on through.